This macabre story that started life in an 1846 penny dreadful
has been the subject of countless retellings in all media. Todd was a barber who murdered his patrons, slitting their throats from ear to ear, robbing their bodies, then for good measure, cut them up and had them made into meat pies which were sold by his partner-in-crime (and in some versions his lover) Mrs Lovett. It remains to be seen why anyone should find such a disgusting story of serial murder and depravity so fascinating, but countless millions throughout the world have and still do.
The journalist Peter Haining (1940–2007) claimed to have found evidence that Sweeney Todd was a real person. In 2001, he won the Karl Edward Wagner Prize at The British Fantasy Awards, and his claims about the Demon Barber of Fleet Street belong firmly in the realms of fantasy.
Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2